Valerie Plame denounces potential Libby pardon

President Donald Trump speaks during an event on tax policy in the Rose Garden of the White House Thursday

"I'm sure Libby's happy to have it, but the audience here is [former Trump campaign chairman] Paul Manafort, [Trump's personal lawyer] Michael Cohen, and a slew of other people who can incriminate Trump". He was convicted on multiple counts for lying to the FBI and obstructing justice during a special prosecutor investigation into leaks that had blown the identity of an undercover Central Intelligence Agency agent.

The White House said in a press statement on Friday in Washington. "I don't know Mr. Libby", Trump said, "but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly". "But for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly".

While Trump has had no relationship or expressed interest in Libby's case to date, conservatives have long regarded the prosecution as an example of a special counsel overstepping its original mandate. Comey later became head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation but was sacked by Trump in 2017 and has since written a book highly critical of the president. But the conviction stayed on Libby's record, and he still had to pay a fine. Mr Trump has called that probe a "witch hunt". In light of this, I'm pleased that Libby has finally been pardoned.

At trial, Libby claimed to have simply forgotten he actually learned about the identity from Cheney a month before he said he had. That's because several of his potential firewalls - Mr. Manafort, Mr. Cohen and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner - could be charged at the state level for the financial crimes they're suspected of. Although no one was charged with the actual leak, Libby was convicted of lying to FBI investigators.

Plame appeared on the same network Friday to say the pardon was symbolic and had nothing to do with Libby as an individual. "That is false. Mr. Libby's conviction was based upon the testimony of multiple witnesses, including the grand jury testimony of Mr. Libby himself, as well as numerous documents". White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, in a briefing with reporters, said on Friday that the pardon had nothing to do with Trump's views on Mueller's investigation. The Libby pardon coincided with the arrival in the White House of John Bolton as Trump's new national security adviser. His anger was reinforced by excerpts from Comey's book, which paint the President as unethical.

"I think he probably took a bullet for the administration, but so far the administration hasn't been so loyal to him", Trump told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Many are speculating the president's actions are meant to send a message to others involved in the ongoing Russian Federation collusion investigation. "I think he probably will, because otherwise he's going to see some frightful books written by Scooter Libby". He hasn't gone through the pardon office. He issued one previous year to former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was awaiting sentencing for contempt of court.



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